Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Grand View

November 11, 2009

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt women dropped a 59-53 contest to the Grand View Vikings in non-conference action this evening to fall to 1-2 overall.

In the early stages of the first half of this contest the Lady Defenders and Vikings went back and forth and were tied at 4, 6, 8 and 10 before Grand View scored 10 straight on a Jorgensen jumper, followed by back to back threes by Jorgensen and Reed and another Jorgensen jumper, to lead 20-10 with 8:21 to go. Soodsma cut the lead back down to 7 with a 3 pointer of her own but a lay-up and jumper by the Vikings would push the margin to 11 at 24-13 with 5 minutes to go. The Vikings got the lead to 13 at 27-14 until a Kate Du Mez 3 pointer with 3:53 left in the half cut the lead back to 10, and a DuMez jumper with 5 seconds left in the first half narrowed the Viking lead to 6 at 29-23.

Having trailed by as many as 13 in the first half before cutting the lead to 6 at the break, the Defenders had the momentum and took that with them into the second half and a pair of baskets by McKinzie Schmidt to open the frame cut the lead to 2 at 29-27. A Sickles layup for the Vikings made it a 4 point game but back to back threes by Schmidt and Spronk gave Dordt a 33-31 lead and a pair of free throws by DuMez at 15:04 made it 35-31. Schmidt made it a 6 point lead at 37-31 with a layup at 14:40. Grand View nibbled away at the Dordt lead and a Jorgenson layup tied the game at 39-39 with just over 10 minutes to go in the game.

With 8:33 to go a pair of Micah Reed free throws for the Vikings cut the Dordt lead back down to one and with 6:17 to go a pair of Jorgenson free throws gave the Vikings a one point lead at 49-48.

The teams exchanged baskets and a Soodsma free throw with exactly five minutes to go knotted the score at 51-51. DeKoekkoek's free throw two and half minutes later gave the Defenders a 2 point margin at 53-51 but Danielle Ballard tied the game on a jumper with just over 2 minutes to go.

Neither team could find the basket over the next 90 seconds with Dordt missing 4 field goal attempts and a free throw over that period.

A Dordt foul with 38 seconds remaining sent Amy Vos to the line for the Vikings and she made good on both to give Grand View the two point lead. Jorgenson followed up with two more free throws with 19 seconds to go and Vos closed it out with a pair of free throws with 8 seconds remaining to give the Vikings the 59-53 win. The Vikings were 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the closing seconds making it very difficult for Dordt to close the gap.

Grand View was lead by Jennifer Jorgensen's 22 points and 8 rebounds. Sickles and Ballard each had 8 for the Vikings and Reed and Vos each posted 7 points.

Pacing the way for the Defenders was McKinzie Schmidt with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Amber Soodsma had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Du Mez had 9 points followed by DeKoekkoek's 7.

Dordt shot 29.7% from the floor in the game while Grand View shot 35.8%. The Defenders were outrebounded 44 to 39 but held a sligh edge in turnovers as they coughed the ball up 17 times to the Vikings 21.

"We did a nice job getting back into the game after trailing by as many as 13 in the first half, cutting the lead to 6 at half and then taking a 6 point lead 5 minutes into the second half. Unfortunately we couldn't close it out. Foul trouble really hurt our ability to play the way that we want to and we will need to have a good practice tomorrow before heading to the Midland Lutheran Classic on Friday and Saturday.

The Dordt women will play in the Midland Lutheran Classic this Friday and Saturday in Fremont, Nebraska. The Lady Defenders will play Sterling College on Friday at 5:30 and Kansas Wesleyan at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

Dordt's Current Record: 1-2 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-1 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 23 30 53
Grand View 29 30 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Amber Soodsma 8
Julia DeKoekkoek 6
Brianna Spronk 6
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jorgensen, Jennifer 8
Vos, Amy 8
Schechinger, Bailey 7
Reed, Micah 5
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 18
Amber Soodsma 11
Kate Du Mez 9
Julia DeKoekkoek 7
Team Total: 53
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jorgensen, Jennifer 22
Sickles, Jamie 8
Ballard, Danielle 8
Reed, Micah 7
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/64 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/18 28%
Free Throws: 10/15 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/53 36%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/9 22%
Free Throws: 19/26 73%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.